PDS A to Z

A Life That Works
Memories, sarcasm, jokes, secrets, tears, dreams—seniors share all this and more when they present a personal “credo” as part of this five-week seminar focused on creating “A Life That Works.” Created in 2001, the course gathers seniors four times a week to pursue both a spiritual and practical approach to shaping their futures.

Anne Reid ’72 Art Gallery
This impressive gallery displays the work of renowned artists as well as student and faculty exhibits. The entire community is invited to all exhibits, as well as opening receptions and gallery talks.

Annual Fund
The contributions to the PDS Annual Fund help finance new academic initiatives, and attract and retain an outstanding faculty, as well as a diverse and talented student body. In addition, the fund expands the financial aid program.

Lower, Middle and Upper School students have both informal and formal assemblies throughout the year, including athletics award ceremonies, theater presentations, and concerts. Students are told in advance about dress codes for formal events.

Athletics Facilities
Baker Field, Krueger Field, Smoyer Field, two Pagoda Fields, Baseball and Softball field, tennis courts (8), basketball gyms (2), Lisa McGraw '44 Ice Skating Rink.

Athletics Teams
Princeton Day School has a wide variety of sports opportunities, including 33 Upper School and 18 Middle School athletics teams for student participation beginning in grade 6.

The Parents Association hosts this not-to-be-missed event in the Spring, which raises funds for professional development for our faculty.

Back-to-School Night
Each school division hosts a Back-to-School Night soon after school begins to welcome parents, and to share plans for the year ahead. This is a wonderful opportunity for parents to meet all of their children's teachers.

Behr House
The home of Head of School Paul J. Stellato.

Bulb Planting
The annual bulb planting takes place in September for students in PreK through 2nd grade. Parents are encouraged to join in the fun, planting daffodils near the playground and around the traffic circle. Each child brings a small bag of daffodil bulbs, and a small gardening hand shovel and gardening gloves, if available.

Blue & White Day
Princeton Day School’s field day is held in May for the entire student body with each student assigned to either the Blue or White team (family members are always on the same team). The whole school, including the faculty, compete for their color, with older students teaming up with younger ones for many of the events. The name Kim is worked into the design of the t-shirts each year, to honor the founder of the day, PE teacher and coach Kim Bedesem. (NB: Parents are encouraged not to attend this event.)

Business Office
For financial queries, and more, the business office is located directly upstairs from the main school entrance.

Campus Center
The main cafeteria for students in 3rd through 12th grade, as well as a meeting space for the school community.

Carriage House
This small building, which is located opposite of Colross, is used as a classroom.

This lovely Georgian building at the front entrance of the school was built in Alexandria, Virginia in 1799. It was moved to its present location in 1929 and now houses the admission and advancement offices.

Community Council
The elected student governing body of the Upper School.

Our student system operators who staff the tech help desk on the second level of the US library.

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday
A bright spot in the midst of winter is the celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday in March with activities in the libraries, and a cake.

Edward and Marie Matthews Arts Wing
The Matthews Arts Wing is home to Visual and Design Arts classrooms, including photography, architecture, ceramics, and woodworking. The centerpiece of the wing is the David Mathey ’47 Arts Atrium, an ever-changing space that functions as an open classroom and exhibition area for our student artists.

8th Grade Musical
Every 8th grader takes part, onstage or behind the scenes, in an impressive production that is the culmination of the Middle School theater program.

Fall Weekend
A great kick-off to the school year, this event is for our whole community to celebrate PDS school spirit with soccer games, tennis matches, and a Fun Run for our youngest students.

Flik dining services provides food in the campus center, gymateria, and for any events on campus.

Focus is the assembly for Middle School students led by the Head of Middle School on Day 1. Focus Notes, the Middle School newsletter, is a review of the assembly along with a list of important middle school events, and is sent to parents by email.


Focus Speech
Each 8th grader prepares a short, personal speech to give to the entire Middle School at the Focus assembly. A rite of passage for Middle Schoolers, speeches run the gamut from funny and quirky stories to poignant family memories.

Fourth Grade Operetta
This is a highlight of the year for 4th grade students. All 4th graders take part in the musical, which is performed for parents in the McAneny Theater in early March. Parents of 4th graders help with costumes, props and scenery.

Fox Room
Located next to the McAneny Theater, this room is used for various events, including meetings, luncheons, and recitals.

The PDS Organic Garden is thriving with plants and vegetables nearly all year, and includes the chicken coop. Garden Coordinator Pam Flory tends the garden and teaches students about planting, caring for, and tasting the organic garden produce. The produce is harvested and integrated by the PDS Chefs into the lunchroom menu. Parents are always invited to help in the garden.

Garden Classroom
Designed by architect Susan Bristol, this beautiful new structure is a covered extension of the garden and serves as an outdoor classroom with tables, chairs, a chalkboard, and a kitchen.

Grandparents and Special Friends’ Day
See Maypole Day.

This gym is located in the Lower School and is also used by students from PreK to 2nd grade as their cafeteria.

Halloween Parade
The Halloween parade is a beloved PDS tradition. Middle and Upper School students take part in a costume parade at the front of the school building at 8:00 a.m. Lower School students enjoy classroom parties and then parade through the school hallways where they are cheered on by older students and teachers. In the afternoon, Lower School parents are invited to attend a parade in the gym. (NB: The parades are popular events for parents, too, and the parking lot gets very busy both morning and afternoon.)

Harvest Dinner
This annual family event takes place in October and celebrates the organic garden and the sustainability program at PDS. The event usually includes a trail walk through the gorgeous campus, and a visit to the bees and chickens, followed by the dinner, which is organized by the Upper School EnAct Club students with guidance from the PDS chefs. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and all proceeds support the garden program.

Homework Club
Middle School Homework Club is offered each day from 3:20-6:00 p.m. Quiet study will begin at 3:20. Recess will take place from 4:30 to 5:00 out on the playground. During the winter months, recess will be spent in the MS Boulevard. Some students may choose to stay in the library where they may continue the opportunity for quiet study. A quiet study room will be available for students needing a silent space. Our Homework Club teachers will be available to answer questions. Advanced sign-up is not required. There is an hourly charge beginning at 3:30.

Imagine the Possibilities
Each spring, acclaimed writers and artists visit PDS for a few days to work directly with students in all divisions. They share their own creative work and serve as mentors to students. Parents have the opportunity to see these inspirational artists in action, too. This annual program is made possible through the John D. Wallace, Jr. '78 Memorial Guest Artist Series Fund.

Kristy’s Meadow
The hill beyond the Lower School Playground and next to the garden has been converted to a native wildflower meadow to honor PDS graduate and environmental advocate Kristine “Kristy” Anastasio Manning ’81.

The Link
The Princeton Day School Senior Yearbook.

Lisa McGraw ’44 Ice Skating Rink
The rink is the venue for our hockey teams and figure skaters. In addition, Parents Association meetings are often held in the Gosnell Room at the Rink. (NB: Lower School and Middle School Students take ice skating in the PE program for a part of the year.)

Lower School Music Room
Located down the stairs from the back entrance of the Lower School (the bus drop-off area), this room is used for Lower School assemblies, meetings, and special events.

Lower School Office
This office is located right inside of the Lower School outdoor amphitheater. The Assistant to the Head of the Lower School, and Head of the Lower School are located here.

LS News
The Lower School newsletter, which includes a message from the Head of Lower School, as well as announcements for upcoming events, is sent via email once a week to parents.

Lost and Found
There are several places to look for lost items—in the basement of Lower School, just past the Music Room, in a large box just down the diagonal hallway to the left of the Middle School office, in the boys and girls locker rooms, and at the ice rink.

Magnus Health
The online health record system used by Princeton Day School. Access Magnus from the parent portal (Inside PDS.)

Mardi Gras
A Kindergarten tradition, each year our youngest students design miniature Mardi Gras floats (out of shoe boxes) and parade through the school.

Maypole Day
A memorable spring Lower School tradition originally called Grandparents and Special Friends Day. The Maypole Dance, a highlight of the morning event, is performed by 2nd grade students on the Colross lawn.

McAneny Theater
This is the main theater at Princeton Day School. Most of the school’s theatrical and musical performances, as well as formal assemblies, take place in this theater, located in the main school building.

Middle School Amphitheater
This room, located at the end of the corridor at the right of the Middle School office, is used for multi-media presentations and other special events for Middle School students.

Middle School Fall Play
The fall play is open to all students who wish to act in a play. Often original productions, these plays are not to be missed.

Middle School Fun Night
Held each year in May, the Campus Center and gyms are transformed into a themed evening for our MS students.

Middle School Office
Located downstairs, to the left of the main entrance, the library is on the left, and the office is around the corner to the right. The Assistant to the Head and Head of Middle School are located here.

Mini-Course Week
Every year in mid-February, Middle School students and faculty set aside daily course work for a special one-week, interdisciplinary, and invigorating experience. Students choose from a menu of cultural, scientific, and historical studies on such topics as the Amish, Gettysburg, New York City, and Cape Cod.

New Parents’ Dinner
This festive dinner takes place at the beginning of the school year, and gives new parents the opportunity to meet other new and current parents. Parents Association committee chairs will be available to discuss what their groups do and how to get involved.

Nurse’s Office
The School Nurse and team are based in the wing opposite the Upper School library at the end of the corridor. The Nurse should be contacted to discuss any medical concerns regarding your child (extension: 1190, and cell: 609-273-8800).

The Parents Association meets throughout the year to organize volunteer committees and present speakers on topics related to school life. There are many ways to get involved, and volunteering with the PA is a terrific way to get to know the school, and to meet other parents. Please check the website calendar for PA meeting dates and join us!

Parents are asked to park in visitor parking spots, which are located along the left and right side of the upper loop of the circle, and the left side of the bottom loop of the circle. In addition, parents can use the spaces to the left of the Colross building and near the rink. Please remember that there is no parking on the right side of the bottom loop of the circle, or any other area marked in yellow as “fire lane.”

Patrick Kerney ’94 Fitness Center
Fitness center and gym that is used by students, faculty, staff, and parents, who are invited to morning classes and sessions. Located near the Athletics office.

PAWS the Panther
The beloved school mascot.

Peer Leadership
A leadership course for 18 faculty-selected seniors that involves mentoring the freshmen students.

Performing Arts Festival (PAF)
The Performing Arts Festival, held in May, is a three-day marathon of student-produced works by our Upper School students.

Powderpuff Football
It’s Juniors vs. Seniors in this all-girls’ football game. Coached by the boys, this rousing game takes place in late fall after the fall athletics season is over.

Pretty Brook Farm
The former residence of Dean Mathey, benefactor of the school, Pretty Brook Farm provides faculty housing, and is the venue for some meetings and social events. It is located down the lane to the left of the ice rink. Parking is limited, so parents are encouraged to park at ice rink and walk down.

School Store
The school store, known as the Panther Den, is located downstairs in the Middle School, and the hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30-4:00 p.m. during the school year. The store sells school supplies, Panther wear (sweatshirts, t-shirts, caps, etc.), car magnets, blankets, jewelry, ties and more.

Senior Projects
A unique opportunity for seniors to experience work, research, or independent study beyond the halls of PDS during the last six weeks of the school year. Students create their own in-depth projects on virtually any topic with the guidance of teachers and advisors, and the present their projects at year-end.

Snack Bar
The Snack Bar is located beside the Campus Center and is open throughout the day during the school year, and features a variety of snacks and beverages. Children can pay for snacks with cash or charge to their account (with prior parental agreement). Parents are welcome to stop by, as well.

The Middle School student-created school newspaper.

The Spokesman
The Upper School student-created school newspaper.

Stay & Play and After School Courses in Lower School
Stay & Play is a childcare program for lower school students which begins immediately after school and ends at 6:00 pm. Every day children have a snack, then play outdoors on the playground. There is an hourly fee for the program. In addition, After School Courses are offered. These courses are a fun and convenient way for students to pursue a special interest beyond the offerings of the school curriculum. We welcome PDS students, their siblings and children from other schools in these classes. There is an additional fee for After School Courses. Attached is a typical range of offerings.

Summer Programs at Princeton Day School
Summer Programs offers a broad array of half-day and full-day activities for all students, from pre-school to high school. From athletics (ice skating, team sports) to academics (chess, Blackrocket courses) to adventure (overnight camping trips) to the arts (acting, photography), there is truly something for everyone during the summer months. Click here for more information (www.pds.org/summerprograms)

Trail Walks
There is a campus trail map available for recreational walks around the PDS campus, which includes open meadows, streams, ponds, and forests.

The PDS Website
The official school website, www.pds.org is the essential place for school news, announcements, calendars (athletics and events), directories, photos, and grades and comments.

The SiMS Center
The SiMS Center, which stands for Success in Math and Science, aims to help Upper School students succeed in math and science courses through a distinctive peer-tutoring model. Located on the second floor of the Upper School Library, the SiMS Center will be open every day, with student mentors who have gone through an application process.

Upper School Fall Play and Winter Musical
Mainstays in the cultural life of the Upper School, these two full-scale productions are not to be missed.

US News
The Upper School newsletter, which includes a message from the Head of Upper School, as well as announcements for upcoming events, is sent via email once a month to parents.

Writing Center
Available to all Upper School students for individual writing conferences with trained student mentors.

The Zoo is Princeton Day School’s student-run group whose mission it is to promote congregation, positive cheering, school unity and spirit at PDS athletic events.